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Michael P. Liston

October 31, 1951 — March 27, 2022

Michael P. Liston

Michael P. Liston, known by some as "Mike" but known by all as "special" took his final breath on earth March 27, 2022 at the age of 70. He took his first breath on earth on October 31, 1951 when he became the first born to Nancy and Nelson "Hoke" Liston.

Michael graduated from Vermilion High School where he was a National Merit Finalist, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Five years after graduating Michael founded two establishments to which he devoted his life. Associated Software Consultants, which over the years has employed over a hundred people. He also started a family when he married Carol (nee Miller) Liston whom he adored, and immediately adopted their son Jonathan (Jennifer). Together Michael and Carol had 3 more children who inherited his sense of humor: Christopher, Stephen and Jessica. Michael is survived by three grandchildren he loved dearly: Joshua, Jacquilyn and Mallory. He is also survived by his two brothers who were his business partners: Tim (Dawn Griffith) and John (Sharon Yarnell).

Michael had a passion for golf and reading. Later in life Michael enjoyed singing with Carol. They sang together in choirs at Bay Presbyterian and Church, and with TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Earthen Vessels, the Cleveland Pops Chorus and Andrea Bocelli choir. Michael had a special talent for making cocktails when entertaining family, friends and neighbors.

Michael's battle with several medical issues during the past two years showed his quiet strength. Once his physical body could no longer function properly and his mind could no longer be analytical, the core of his personality shone bright. Despite the pain and confusion Michael never complained and remained sensitive to other's feelings, polite, tender, kind, forgiving, generous and compassionate until the end! An honorable man who was more interested in how people remembered how he lived his life rather than how he died.

We will miss most his: puns, finishing our crossword puzzles for us, editing our compositions, maintaining our computers, finding the right car for us to buy, and keeping us safe, comfortable, and loved beyond what we deserved.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Hospice of the Western Reserve P.O. Box 72101 Cleveland, Ohio 44192 or at

Michael will be honored on May 9, 2022, 10:30am, at the Linwood Tabernacle in Vermilion, 440 Tabernacle St., Vermilion, OH 44089 (Follow the signs). Rev. Robert Armstrong to officiate the services. Burial to follow at Oak Bluff Cemetery on rt. 6. Please join the family after the burial for fellowship and lunch at the German Villa. For directions to service the please go to Michael's obituary at The family is requesting casual atire for the Celebration of Life services.

For those unable to attend the services in person, but still want to participate, the services will be "live streamed" and recorded. Please use the following link 15 minutes before the start of the services: 440.933.3202

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Celebration of Life

Monday, May 9, 2022

Starts at 10:30am (Eastern time)

Linwood Tabernacle in Vermilion

440 Tabernacle St., Vermilion, OH 44089

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